NC Stage – 3 Times the Comedy!!!

Opening May 26, Like Mother

Shannon Polly wrote and stars in Like Mother. Like Mother is a musical comedy about one bride, one mom, and one mother of a wedding.  Shannon Polly recounts her real-life wedding saga, a journey through six showers, three receptions, and one cheese sculpture of the Empire State Building – all organized by her over-the-top mom. Anyone with a mother will recognize the insanity that can spring from unconditional love. Like Mother runs in repertory with two other comedies! All tickets are "choose your own ticket price," from $15 – $30.

Opening May 27, I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me

Anne Thibault wrote and stars in "I Wrote This Play…" Anne Thibault stars in this hilariously risque comedy about a struggling actress. Lysette is possibly pregnant by her married boyfriend, and stuck in rural Vermont rehearsing a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House. She struggles to put her life in perspective as she remembers (in vivid detail) the trail of one night stands she has left in her wake.  It's sex and the city….and the country…and a cheap French motel… and a friend's guest bedroom….  Contains strong language and sexual situations. For adult audiences only. I Wrote This Play… runs in repertory with two other comedies!  All tickets are "choose your own ticket price," from $15 – $30. Seriously!

Get tickets! Phone: (828) 239-0263 Web: www.ncstage.org In person: Pack Place ticket counter, 2 S. Pack Square Asheville 28801. Pack Place is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 1pm – 5pm. After hours, visit www.ncstage.org to get tickets. Support your professional theatre: make a donation to NC Stage! Visit www.JustGive.org to donate to NC Stage, or visit our website to learn more about in-kind gift, donating stock, and other ways to support your professional theatre!

Opening June 17, A Beautiful View

A bittersweet comedy starring Anne Thibault and Bitch of Bitch and Animal "A Beautiful View" by Daniel MacIvor is a funny and sweet play about a relationship that remains impossible to define. From their first meeting in a camping goods store, L and M seem the most unlikely of friends. But somehow, after many years, a lot of failed dates, and even a two-woman ukele band, their relationship becomes something more than they ever could have imagined.

A Beautiful View stars Anne Thibault and musician/actor Bitch (best known as one-half of the rock duo Bitch and Animal). June 17 – July 19 at NC Stage. A Beautiful View runs in repertory with two other comedies!  All tickets are "choose your own ticket price," from $15 – $30. Seriously!

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NC Stage ‘Choose Your Own Ticket Price’

NORTH CAROLINA STAGE COMPANY REVEALS “CHOOSE YOUR OWN TICKET PRICE”FOR THREE COMEDIES OPENING MAY 26TH

Asheville, NC – North Carolina Stage Company is offering “choose your own ticket pricing” with price points from $15 to $30 for the remaining three plays in its 2008-2009 Season. These three contemporary comedies are running in repertory beginning May 26th: Like Mother, I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me, and A Beautiful View. Now in its 7th season in downtown Asheville, NC Stage has been experimenting with its price structure in direct response to the current recession. The concept of “choose your own ticket pricing” is an expansion of the theatre’s longstanding “Pay What You Can Night,” in which patrons pay $6 minimum for a ticket.

With “choose your own ticket price,” patrons can choose a ticket price within their means: tickets range from $15 – $30, with price points rising in three-dollar increments. The philosophy behind “choose your own ticket price” is that theatre should be available to everyone in the community, regardless of income. Anecdotal evidence from theatres around the country also suggests that overall ticket income actually increases when theatres allow patrons to choose their own price point.

NC Stage is closing its 2008-2009 season with three funny and poignant plays running in repertory. In theatre language, a repertory schedule means more than one play performing during the same time period – in this case, performing on alternating days of the week. For a full calendar of performance dates and times, visit www.ncstage.org.

Like Mother is the funny recounting of Shannon Polly’s real-life wedding, as planned by her overachieving mom. Every bride will recognize the frustrations and joys of the occasion, and everyone with a mother will appreciate the insanity that can spring from unconditional love. Subtitled “One Bride’s Musical Journey Through 6 Showers, 3 Receptions, and 1 Cheese Sculpture of the Empire State Building,” Like Mother features original songs, plus some familiar show tunes with new lyrics – such as the classic “Don’t Tell Mama” from Cabaret.

Anne Thibault wrote and stars in I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me, a hilariously risque comedy about a struggling actress. Lysette is possibly pregnant by her married boyfriend, and stuck in rural Vermont rehearsing a production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. She struggles to put her life in perspective as she remembers (in vivid detail) the trail of one night stands she has left in her wake. I Wrote This Play contains strong language and descriptions of sexual situations. Only adults will be admitted. A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor is a bittersweet comedy about two women who become lifelong friends – and perhaps something more. When L and M first meet in a camping goods store, their tentative friendship seems doomed to fail before it even begins. Each woman has preconceived notions about the other, but rather than hurt their feelings, they agree to have a drink together. What follows is a relationship that is as complicated as it is heart-felt, spanning several decades, one marriage, and a two-woman ukulele band.

A Beautiful View stars Anne Thibault (simultaneously performing in I Wrote This Play…) and Karen Thompson. Thompson has a BFA in acting from DePaul University, but is better known as half of the ground-breaking musical duo Bitch and Animal, which has toured with Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, and Michelle Shocked among others.

North Carolina Stage Company is Asheville’s professional theatre, named WNC’s Best Local Stage Company for three years in a row by readers of the Mountain Xpress. NC Stage performs in its 99-seat theatre in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Tickets and show times: Tickets are $15 – $30, and patrons may choose their own ticket price for every performance. Call (828) 239-0263 or visit www.ncstage.org for tickets. Like Mother and I Wrote This Play… run in repertory May 26 – June 13. Like Mother closes June 13, and is replaced by A Beautiful View, which will run with I Wrote This Play… June 17- July 19. Performance schedule varies by week. Show times are 7:30pm for evening shows, and 2:00pm for matinees. For the full rep schedule, visit www.ncstage.org.

Location: North Carolina Stage Company performs in a 99-seat theatre in downtown Asheville, entrance is at 15 Stage Lane, off of Walnut St. one block off Haywood St., next to the Rankin Ave. parking garage.

Sponsors: North Carolina Stage Company is grateful for the support of season sponsors The Colorful Palate, Greenlife Grocery, Imaging Technologies, Treadshots Photography, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Our ticket sponsor is The Chocolate Fetish, and concessions are provided by Izzy’s Coffee Den and Sugar Momma’s Cookies.




‘A Number’ by the NC Stage Co till 5/3/9′

A Number, by Caryl Churchill, runs through May 3rd at NC Stage in downtown Asheville. “Your parents always told you that you were unique. What if they lied?”

In A Number, a lonely father is confronted by his grown sons with the improbable truth of their origin. Caryl Churchill’s tense play is only nominally about the ethical issues of cloning. More importantly, she uses this issue on the cutting edge of science to explore the nature of family and our understanding of our own humanity.

The Evening Standard wrote of the original production: “A Number by Caryl Churchill is the first true play of the 21st century. It’s an hour-long experiment in prediction, a meditation upon identity, a sort of nightmare imagining of what the magic of science, in relation to cloning, may one day require of our hearts and minds.”

Read more about the play at the North Carolina Stage Company. www.ncstage.org or get tickets at http://ncstage.tix.co




Knock! Knock! Crossing the Threshold of Faith and Home

Join us for an exceptional evening in community performance of: ‘Knock! Knock!, Crossing the Threshold of Faith and Home,’on Friday, April 17th & Saturday, April 18th at 7:30 PM at the Diana Wortham Theatre.

The evening features two premiere dance pieces by choreographer, Barrie Barton as well as dazzling music featuring local musicians Daniel Barber, Paula Hanke, Maya Joelle and Jack Devereux, vibrant poetry with Donna Glee Williams and Jay Joslin, uplifting humor with local actors Tebbe Davis, Richard Camuto and Amy LaDeroute and a eclectic multi- dimensional media presentation by Tootie Watson. The entertaining evening concludes with an interactive public discussion with the performers.

Tickets are $12 and will be available at Malaprop’s Bookstore, Diana Wortham Theater and Jubilee in March. For online tickets visit Diana Wortham Theater website, www.dwtheatre.com/

A portion of proceeds for the show will benefit Carepartners Hospice and Palliative Care.’Knock Knock, Crossing the Threshold of Faith and Home’ genuinely exams the joyous reminiscences and poignant tribulations about our homes, family and relationships – past, present and future. The versatile dancers, 9 men and 15 women, weave their real life experiences into a passionate interpretation that ignite collective memories that have shaped us as unique individuals and as a larger community and global world. The evening will also invite us into ourselves and reveal the diversity and complexity of our relationship with our Faith, as well as what binds and synchronizes us as humanity. In the format of dance, art, poetry and music, the burning points of our lives will become the unmistakable turning points and the gracious inspiration of a genuine community performance.

Directed by Barrie Barton



Asheville Community Theatre Monument, ACT and 35below

Night pic of the rotating monument in front of the Asheville Community Theatre in Downtown Asheville North Carolina.

“Asheville Community Theatre is located in historic downtown Asheville, North Carolina at 35 East Walnut Street one block northwest of City Hall. Neighbors of ACT are: The Thomas Wolfe Memorial and Visitors Center, the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, and Magnolia’s Raw Bar & Grill.
Downtown Asheville is booming and parking can be difficult to find. We have several spaces adjacent to the theatre that are available on a first come, first served basis. The closest street parking is found on Spruce, Walnut and Market streets (meters run until 6:00 pm Monday-Saturday, but are free on Sundays). The closest parking garage is located on Biltmore Avenue, approximately 2 blocks from the theatre.”

Here is the info from their website…

“35below is the newest addition to Asheville Community Theatre. Designed by Fisher Architects PA and funded by a grant from the Janirve Foundation, it consists of a black box theatre (meaning it has flexible staging and seating options) with a capacity for 49, a lobby and bar, dressing rooms, and restroom facilities. The facility is outfitted with state of the art equipment donated by Scott Shannon. The Constance M. Cramer Teaching Theatre is named in honor of Mr. Shannon’s late wife, a devoted supporter of community theatre.

Asheville Community Theatre will mount several full productions each season in the new intimate performance space, with the intention of building and nurturing a more adventurous audience. Our inaugural production is David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” opening November 29, 2002. 35below will offer more affordable ticket prices and later show times, often running multiple performances on the same evening.

35below is committed to supporting works by local playwrights through full productions, staged readings, or developmental workshops. Tanglewood Youth Theatre classes will be taught in the complex, as well as an array of other ACT-sponsored educational workshops.
35below is available for rental by performance groups, classes, and other community organizations.”